Boris Diaw, Raja Bell Traded to the Charlotte Bobcats for Jason Richardson

K ShakranSenior Analyst IDecember 10, 2008

In a move that was inevitable for both teams, the Phoenix Suns and the Charlotte Bobcats have each agreed on a major five-player trade that involves Boris Diaw, Raja Bell, and Sean Singletary (Suns) and guard Jason Richardson and forward Jared Dudley (Bobcats).

Diaw and Bell have expressed their frustration in adjusting to Terry Porter's style of play. Bell even said that he was "dissatisfied" with his role in Arizona, according to

"We're really thankful for everything Raja [Bell] and Boris [Diaw] have done for us over the years, as well as Sean this year, but we just felt like our team needed some change," Suns General Manager Steve Kerr said to the Suns' official website.

Richardson, the Bobcats' leading scorer this season, was the key to the deal for the Suns, who currently hold the eighth place in the Western Conference standings with a 13-9 record.
"He's a guy who is athletic, won a National Championship at Michigan State, and has an excellent reputation around the league," Kerr said.
"He was a big scorer at Golden State on the run, he can play in the half-court because he's a great three-point shooter and he can score in post-up situations.
The extremely-athletic Richardson currently averages 18.7 points in 14 games this season for Larry Brown's team. With Phoenix, his average may well be over 20 points, topping his career average.
The Bobcats, who currently hold the second-to-last place in the Eastern Conference standings, wanted to shake things up for the team. However, the team have a plethora of forwards, and do not seem to be heading in the right direction by landing Diaw and Bell.
Singletary, a point guard in his first season with Phoenix, was acquired over the summer in a deal with the Houston Rockets.

The Suns also get a 2010 second-round draft pick from the Bobcats as part of deal.